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Douglas College

Student Research Assistant, Insect Ecology

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Part Time
2 days ago

Position Details

Position Title Student Research Assistant, Insect Ecology Posting Number 00887SA Location New Westminster Campus Grade or Pay Level SA - Pay Level II Salary Range $15.79/hour Position Type Student Research Assistant Posting Type Internal/External Regular/Temporary Temporary Employment Type Part-Time Posting Category Student Assistants Start Date 09/08/2020 End Date Day of the Week Other Shift N/A Work Arrangements
The position is located at the Coquitlam/New Westminster campus but this position may/will require you to temporarily work remotely to comply with the current Covid-19 social distancing guidelines. Hours of work: up to a maximum of 20 hours/week. The work terms for this position are:
1. Fall 2020: September 8, 2020 - December 16, 2020
2. Winter 2021: January 4, 2021 - April 22, 2021
3. Summer 2021: May 10, 2021 - August 19, 2021
What Douglas Offers
DO what you love. Be good at it. That's how Douglas College defines a great career. It's a philosophy that resonates through our classrooms, our offices and our boardrooms. It inspires our students and drives us to make Douglas College one of BC's Top Employers. We love what we do. And we're looking for passionate, motivated people to join us in making one of Canada's best colleges even better.
The Role
The Insect Ecology Student Research Assistant will provide laboratory and field support to the RIG -funded project "Habitat assessment and sampling of a beetle species at risk: Omus audouini at Boundary Bay, BC". Insect sampling and habitat assessments will be conducted at field sites near Boundary Bay and Mud Bay, BC. Laboratory work will involve identification of insect specimens and entry and processing of insect collection data.

Responsibilities

• Under the supervision of the Executive Director of IUE :
• Plan and conduct experiments on the escape behaviour of pea aphids
• Collect pea aphids from field sites to establish colonies
• Extract DNA from aphids and run qPCR assays
• Produce and maintain plants for aphid colonies
• Maintain separate strains of pea aphids in laboratory colonies
• Maintain colonies of pea aphid parasitoids like Aphidius ervi
• Enter experimental data into spreadsheet programs
• Clean and maintain laboratory and field equipment
To Be Successful in this Role You Will Need
• Ability to work with live insects in lab and field situations.
• Familiarity with the use of stereo microscopes.
• Ability to work in the field under a variety of weather conditions.
• Manual dexterity required to manipulate small insects using forceps and brushes.
• Ability to accurately record data and enter into spreadsheet programs.
• Ability to follow established protocols for laboratory and field work.
• Completion of Douglas College BIOL 1110.

Domestic students must meet ONE of the following criteria, to be eligible to work as a Student Assistant/Student Research Assistant:

1. The domestic student must be enrolled in, and maintain, a minimum of one or more (3 credit) courses at Douglas College throughout the work term; OR

2. The domestic student must have been enrolled in, and maintained, a minimum of one or more (3 credit) courses at Douglas College in the term immediately preceding the work term and has indicated an intention to enroll at the college in the term immediately following the work term; OR

3. The domestic student must be enrolled in, and maintain a minimum of two or more (3 credit) courses at another accredited public post-secondary institution in B.C. throughout the work term

International students must meet ONE of the following criteria, to be eligible to work as a Student Assistant/Student Research Assistant:

1. The international student is enrolled in full-time studies at Douglas College, throughout the academic year; OR

2. The international student, who is not a Douglas College student, but is an international student at another accredited public post-secondary institution in B.C., has a valid Study Permit that has the notation - "May accept employment on or off campus if meeting eligibility criteria as per R186 (F), (V) or (W). Must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria." Proof of enrollment in full-time studies from the other post-secondary institution is required.

An original copy of a Social Insurance Number ( SIN ) and an original Study Permit are required by law before commencing work at Douglas College.

Qualified Douglas College students meeting the above criteria will be given first preference over students of other qualifying institutions.
Link to Full Position Profile Diversity Statement
Douglas College is committed to being a workplace that is free of discrimination, that values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve.
Needs a Criminal Records Check No

Open Date 07/28/2020 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicant
Please include the following:
- Douglas College Student ID number or indicate if you are enrolled in another accredited public post-secondary institution in B.C.

- Domestic or International student status

- Being eligible to work please indicate the work terms you are applying for:
1. Fall 2020
2. Winter 2021
3. Summer 2021

- If selected for an interview please bring one of the following:
1. Proof of enrollment for work term from Douglas College OR
2. Proof of enrollment for work term from another post-secondary institution OR
3. Domestic students only: proof of registration for the term immediately preceding the work term and indication of intention to enroll at the college in the term immediately following the work term
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